25 April, New Delhi
In India, over 34 people were killed as a strong earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale shook Nepal and India leaving a trail of devastation.
The quake that occurred at 11:41 AM with its epicentre in Nepal, flattened houses, caused huge craters and cracks on roads in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, and sent people scampering out of their offices and homes.
Videos showed people being pulled out of the rubble of collapsed houses in Kathmandu. Tremors were felt in several provinces in northern, eastern and north eastern parts of India, including national capital New Delhi.
According to Indian Meteoroligical Department, tremors were felt in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab, lasting for a minute, triggering panic and forcing people to rush out of their homes and offices.
Director General of MeT department, L S Rathore said, the quake was measured 7.5 on the Richter scale at 11.41 AM between latitude 28.1 North and Longitude 84.6 East. He said, the epicentre of the quake was located in Nepal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is keeping a close watch on the situation, spoke to chief ministers of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Sikkim.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to the Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav. India has sent medicines, blanket and other relief materials to Nepal.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said disaster response agencies NDRF are on full alert. Indian Air Force, Army and Border Road Organisation are kept on standby for rescue operations.
There were no immediate reports of loss of life or damage to property in Delhi. Delhi Metro train services in Delhi were also affected due to the earthquake.
Soon after the quake, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced immediate closure of all schools.
The chief minister also asked state Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police, and the District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police across the districts to assess the situation and immediately extend relief to the effected.
In Rajasthan, the tremors were felt in Jaipur, Jhunjhunu, Ajmer, Sikar and Bundi. Mild tremors were felt in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. In Uttarakhand, the tremors were reported from Nainital and Pitthoragh.
External Affairs Ministry has set up a 24-hour control room at its office in South Block. Assistance can be sought by dialing +91 11 2301 2113, + 91 11 2301 4104 and + 91 11 2301 7905. People can also email at email@example.com to sort out their queries related to massive earthquake.
The Cabinet secretariat has set up a 24 hour telephone line for the purpose of Inter department coordination centre including for state governments. The numbers are 011-23016633,
The National Disaster Management Authority has also set up control rooms. The numbers are 011-26701728, 011-26701729 and 9868891801.